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United Nation of the Space

Let us start with an axiom that is, unfortunately, often ignored by politicians – humanity is vulnerable. Our species is concentrated on one mother planet. Another large asteroid, an explosion of a super volcano, or an unsuccessful (for us) virus mutation will be enough to make the humanity devastated. Of …

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Is there a civil society in Russia?

There is an old tradition in the West to criticize Russia for the lack of civil society. It’s generally accepted that the Russian government knows only an authoritarian management style and immediately suppresses any forms of civil self-determination and self-organization, which aren’t controlled by it. But is that true? To …

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The government and the society: communication problem

The character of mutual relations between the government and the society are traditionally considered to be the developmental quotient of national democratic institutions. Together with that, there are matters of principle in this sphere that are concerned with every modern state irrespective of level of compliance with Western liberal model. …

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“Truth” and “propaganda” as weapons

Accusatory thrust of claimants for exceptional and rock-solid “truth” of radically different nature as compared to foes’ “propaganda” has become a brand identity of almost every influential media on both sides of the frontline after the humanity “invented” information war yet again. However, inside the competing systems, newsmakers and experts …

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Austro-Hungarian heritage in current European Union

It is no secret that for some inhabitants of the European House it is not the first experience of coexistence within one State or supra-State structure. A lot of them are not yet free from grudges against their EU partners and other neighbors for violating their country’s sovereignty. Ireland and …

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The End of History? Limits and outcomes of democracy

Is modern democracy in its average American-European way a final step of social and political evolution? Political class of the West is confident of it. American philosopher Francis Fukuyama put this thesis as the title of his famous book. He concluded that “the twin crises of authoritarianism and socialist central …

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How could Russia counter sanctions and missiles?

The latest steps of the United States and its allies in the hybrid war: sanctions against Russian public corporations and missile strikes on the Kremlin’s allies in Syria – have triggered a heated debate in the Russian society. Government officials, military personnel, financial analysts, political experts and average citizens differ …

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Different Globalization

The determining influence of global economic, political and cultural unification on local societies could not but generate opposite estimations not only of the very globalization phenomenon but also of abstract models that describe it. Herewith, the critical position of various anti-globalist groups around the world looks naturally marginal owing to …

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